The IDM - a transfaculty, multidisciplinary postgraduate health research institute
Based on the UCT Faculty of Health Sciences campus in a 7,100 sqm state-of-the-art facility, we operate in the fields of infectious diseases & molecular medicine
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IDM driving world class research
We conduct research at the laboratory-clinic-community interface by engaging a wide range of scientific & clinical disciplines; with 62 consortia linking us with 183 institutions in 22 African countries & 24 countries beyond.
IDM capacity building
Capacity building in the IDM
The largest research entity at UCT, the IDM is a national leader in research & health sciences human capital development.
Clinical research
Clinical research relevant to the needs of Africa's people
The IDM infuences health policy and practice by translating our scientific discoveries and applying them in the various communities; community relationships and trust are critical.

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University accredited research institute
Tackling diseases of importance in Africa
Developing people
Impacting health policy and practice


Wednesday, 22 November 2017
Ambroise Wonkam & Nicola Mulder
New NIH awards to Ambroise Wonkam; and 5-year renewal for Nicola Mulder and team's H3ABioNet grant

New NIH awards have been made: two to Ambroise Wonkam (genetic etiology of hearing impairment in Africa; and a second focused on bioethics); and to Nicola Mulder (renewal of the H3ABioNet/Pan African Bioinformatics Network for 5 more years).

Publication Date:
Friday, September 1, 2017 - 12:30
AFGrica team
World's first international research centre for tackling fungal infections opens in the IDM

The AFGrica Unit has been established in the IDM by the University of Aberdeen’s internationally recognised Aberdeen Fungal Group (AFG) in conjunction with the University of Cape Town (UCT).

Publication Date:
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 16:00
Crick grant group
Crick African Network to train top African scientists

The new Crick African Network will train African researchers to tackle infectious diseases in their home countries. The programme, supported by a £6 million grant from the Global Challenges Research Fund and will be directed by Professor Robert Wilkinson, involves The Francis Crick Institute, UCT, and four other institutes in Africa.

Publication Date:
Monday, July 24, 2017 - 14:00
Linda-Gail Bekker opens International AIDS Society 2017 Symposium

Linda-Gail Bekker, as co-chair, opened the IAS Symposium 2017 on HIV Science in Paris.

Publication Date:
Monday, July 17, 2017 - 12:30